The Soul of the Southwest is vibrantly alive
in the authentic artistry of Jim Stricklan.
Like great paintings, Jim’s songs are vivid stories of life and love in his homeland, the Great American Southwest. Jim’s warm baritone flows with sincerity and charm. His love of music as a teen led him down the twin paths of performance and radio, that would feed each other to enrich his art for decades to come. While entertaining thousands of radio listeners, this self-taught guitarist grew into the craft of performing songwriter, in coffeehouses, clubs, and concert halls.
A pioneer "indie artist" crossing the Americana musical range, Jim's prolific string of recordings are heard across the country and around the world. Jim has received honors from Cashbox Magazine, Westword’s “Best of Denver”, The Colorado Country Music Foundation, Southern Songwriters Guild and the Academy of Texas Music. He has gained media stature and performing versatility through his talent for creating the intimate musical moment.
Jim’s recording legacy began as a featured artist on the 1976 KBPI Colorado Album. Significant airplay for
his song No Resistance led to prominent club showcases. In Houston, Jim’s first studio album, 1980's
Whereabouts Unknown, launched his independent publishing company Front Room Music. LP’s made in
Colorado and Louisiana followed. In December '86, his country single "Your Hiding Place" made the national charts. Jim's
1993 CD Elysian Fields, carried him firmly into the Americana genre. His "Blues for Stephen Foster" CD
was honored by the Academy of Texas Music in 2012.
In Austin since 1990, Jim has created CD’s that roam the musical range from country, swing and blues, to acoustic rock and folk; offsetting fully produced studio works with intimate gems that return to his “Front Room Music” roots. The Front Room Music catalogue includes three excellent songbooks, Jim's novel "Music Mountain," and over twenty splendid CD’s. Jim's songs are heard coast to coast, as well as in Europe and the South Pacific.
He has played a wide range of venues and events, including Austin Music Hall, Pecan Street Festival, Shreveport's Hirsch Coliseum, Texas Folklife Festival, Denver's Paramount Theater, Swallow Hill Cafe, and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Jim has opened shows for Shake Russell, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Arlo Guthrie, Dwight Yoakam, Eddie Rabbitt, and Asleep at The Wheel.
Jim at Hills Cafe, Austin photo by Rick Stricklan
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Kudos from "musical brother" David G. Smith....
David has known Jim since the 1970's Denver coffee-house era, and shared these kind remarks in 2014:
"Jim brings a life’s worth of dedication to his art and enough street cred to pave a road to song heaven! ...someone who understands there is more than two sides to a fence in this sometimes soul-stealing, sometimes heart-healing business of music; ...someone who has intricately been involved in working many, if not all sides of this crazy, twisted, full-of-barbs fence---and has survived--- soul intact....someone who ALWAYS has honored those around him and made folks feel better simply for knowing him."